April/May, 2012

Update from Dean Sharpe

Students, Parents, and Members of the Georgetown McDonough Community,

As my third year on the Hilltop comes to a close, I am reminded by faculty, staff, and students of how much we have accomplished together. Our new First Year Seminar will return this fall with expanded offerings in response to accolades from both students and faculty. Our Entrepreneurship Fellows Program recently accepted its second cohort of 22 eager and enthusiastic young entrepreneurs. Our summer program in Global Entrepreneurship at ESADE in Barcelona has welcomed its inaugural group of students and our new alliance with Estee Lauder has created opportunities for marketing and management majors.

In an effort to improve recruitment of new students, the McDonough Admissions Program (MAP) has now reached more than 500 families and this year marked our most competitive admissions cycle ever, with record-setting applicantions and acceptance rates. When these new students arrive at Georgetown this fall, they will find improved courses and tracks in the areas of Operations, International Business, and Marketing – thanks to the efforts of our dedicated faculty.

I will miss the Class of 2012 when they leave the Hilltop and I hope that they will stay connected to us and the students who will follow in their footsteps. Since it takes a dedicated team to deliver an outstanding curricular and co-curricular experience for our undergraduates, we thank the faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students who support our program. Without such support, our global, entrepreneurial, and professional programming would not be possible.

Thank you – and best wishes for the summer!

Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean
Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Program Office Announcements

McDonough Summer Research Award Program

The McDonough School of Business has launched a new research program for undergraduates, offering 14 Undergraduate Dean’s Summer Research Awards – eight full-time awards at $5,000 for a 10-week project and six half-time awards at $2,500 for a 5-week project. Each student will be working with a faculty advisor, and topics range from analyzing the impact of marketing surveys to studying the effect of the 2012 JOBS act on small business and entrepreneurship.  Students will share their research results at a forum in September. Thanks to all the faculty who will be working with these enterprising students!

McDonough Welcomes New Entrepreneurs

On April 24, the McDonough School of Business welcomed 22 new sophomores into its Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. Over the next two years, these students will take three entrepreneurship-focused classes, participate in at least one case competition and work with mentors to learn the tools necessary to someday start their own businesses.

This year's fellows, all in the class of 2014, include: Amy Yang, Ashley Murdock, Bibiana Jakubianska, Carlos Salgado, Caroline Williams, Daniel Sullivan, Devin Nigro, Dhruv Sharma, Evan Floyd, Felipe Ernst, Jasmine Motton, Jason Thompson, Johannes Claessens, John Sullivan, Keegan Carter, Luis A. Montes Montoya, Merritt Moran, Michael Stroup, Mullin Weerakoon, Paris Williams, Sheena Garg, and Vincent Korth.

McDonough Senior Sendoff

The McDonough Academic Council hosted its annual Senior Sendoff dinner on Friday, April 27 to wish the graduating seniors luck in their endeavors after Georgetown. The few hundred students and faculty in attendance enjoyed a meal and warm weather on the PwC Plaza outside the Hariri Building.

The McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Program Office joins the Academic Council in saying good luck to the class
of 2012!




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Student Highlights

Students Participate in Dutch Business Case Competition

Congratulations to Sam Kurtz, Marco Mocchetti, Shane Sarver and Caroline Busby for taking part in the third annual Maastricht University School of Business and Economics International Case Competition@Maastricht.

Each year Maastricht University invites 16 teams from high profile business schools around the world to meet and compete in several rounds of case competitions. During the competition, the Georgetown McDonough team addressed European-focused international business cases in three different rounds. Students also participated in several corporate and social events, giving them the opportunity to network with ICC@M participants, business corporations, Maastricht students, alumni and staff.

Marketing Students Participate in Advertising Competition

On April 13, a team of 16 Georgetown McDonough students traveled to the Fashion Institute in New York City to compete in the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition. Led by Adjunct Professor Charles Jones, the team had the opportunity to network with top advertising execs, meet marketing alumni in the area, and present their unique strategy solution for this year's challenge. A presentation team consisting of Sonja Bree, Ian Christianson, Edgar Corona, Junho Lee, Thomas Muller, and Kurt Skalamera presented a new way for Nissan to target multicultural millennials using a $100m budget.

Undergrad-Alumni Connection Leads to Global Learning Experience

Tyler Read (MSB ’13) knew his spring semester would be a time for experiential learning. The marketing and international business major planned to study abroad at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany, beginning in March 2012,but was motivated to do something with his business knowledge. So he reached out to McDonough's strong network of alumni and had a global experience before leaving the shores of the United States.
Read more . . .

Students to Bike Across America for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Most students spend their summers working, interning or taking classes. But this summer Carlos Salgado (MSB '14) and fellow Hoya Guadelupe Fernedez (SFS '14) will instead raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by riding their bikes across America.

The team is going to ride 4000 miles from San Francisco to Chicago and then on to Yorktown, VA., in 60 days. They will carry all of their equipment and supplies on their bikes and will camp along the way. Their goal is to make the trip as adventurous and inexpensive as possible so that the majority of the money raised will to go the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Carlos' friend's mother, who passed away from cancer in the fall of 2011.

To find out more about the team's upcoming journey, please click here. We wish Carlos and his team the best of luck in completing their journey and fundraising goals!

Student Group Co-sponsors Fashion Show Fundraiser

The McDonough Retail & Luxury Association (MRLA), along with the Georgetown Program Board, cosponsored Georgetown University’s annual Spring Charity Fashion Show to help benefit the children of Roslin Orphanage. The orphanage, located in West Timor, Indonesia, assists the struggling refugee children in this region. M.A.C. was one of the main contributors to the event, donating raffle prizes, providing make-up artists, and helping to raise cash.  The event contributed nearly $3,000 toward the construction of a new kindergarten in Roslin Orphanage.


McDonough Students Win Athlete of the Year Awards

Congratulations to graduating seniors Emily Infeld and Andrew Schaetzke for earning the Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards. Emily, who competed on the cross-country and indoor and outdoor track teams, will return to Georgetown this fall to earn her master's degree in sports management. Andrew, who competed on the football team during his undergraduate years, is looking into professional football options after having spent last weekend at the Cincinnatti Bengals' mini-camp.

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Faculty & Staff Highlights

Georgetown University Honors McDonough Faculty for 20 Years of Service

Two faculty members at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business were recognized at the Spring Faculty Convocation for 20 years of service to Georgetown.

Associate Professor James Angel and Professor Bardia Kamrad each received Vicennial gold medals for their many contributions to the university and school during the past two decades.

Professor James Angel specializes in the structure and regulation of financial markets around the world and teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses, including Financial Crises: Past Present and Future. Other courses include Financial Markets, World Equity Markets and Regulation in Financial Markets. Professor Angel has testified before Congress about issues relating to the design of financial markets. In addition, he
has been quoted in hundreds of newspaper articles and has appeared numerous times on radio and television. 

Angel earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from California Institute of Technology, an M.B. A. from Harvard Business School a Ph.D. in Finace from University of California, Berkeley.

Bardia Kamrad’s research primarily focuses on risk management and decision making problems in the face of uncertainty. The nature of Kamrad's research is interdisciplinary and effectively can be described as the interface between operations, finance, and economics. Kamrad has numerous related articles that address the joint problems of pricing, warranty and supply contracts, risk and profit sharing, and quality decisions within an options/economic framework. Kamrad's broader research interests involve Applied Stochastic Processes; Applied Control Theory and Dynamic Programming; Contingent Claims Analysis; Warranty and Supply Contract valuation; Risk Management problems in Supply Chains; and Inventory modeling. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals, including Management Science; Operations Research; IIE Transactions; Naval Research Logistics; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; and the European Journal of Operational Research. Kamrad's consulting experience is equally noteworthy and includes projects in risk management, probability modeling, purchasing and inventory problems, and pricing and forecasting issues. Kamrad teaches at the executive, graduate, and undergraduate levels. His current course offerings include: Real Options Valuation; Operations Research; Productions and Operations Management, Regression Modeling and Analysis; and Quantitative Modeling.

Kamrad earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, a M.S. in industrial management/technology management from the University of Wisconsin, and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in operations from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Congratulations to both Professor Angel and Professor Kamrad.

Dean Thomas Awards Undergraduate Program Staff

Congratulations to Associate Director/Academic Counselor Nicole Houle for being one of five 2012 Dean's Recognition Award recipients for outstanding performace over the past academic year. The Dean's Award is given to a staff member who has shown significant contributions to the school's mission and its students.

Congratulations also to Budget Manager Maria Modugno for being the first recipient of the Dean's Innovation Award. The award will be presented to a member of the staff each semester who has proposed an innovation that demonstrates one or more of the following Georgetown McDonough operating principles: performance and accountability. fiscal responsibility, or service excellence.


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Have a great summer!

Georgetown's Mascot-in-Training, Jack Jr., along with the Undergraduate Program Office, wishes everyone a safe, healthy and happy summer.

See you in the fall!



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Important Dates

Registration for Continuing Students:
Registration for fall 2012 will be available from May 13 - July 27.

Upcoming Events

Graduation Weekend Information

- Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
McDonough School of Business Tropaia Exercises, Gaston Hall

- Friday, May 18, 2012, 11:00 a.m. Tropaia Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building

- Saturday, May 19, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rainsite: McDonough Arena)

- Saturday, May 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building

Did you know?

Georgetown students witnessed the burning of the White House by British troops from their dormitories during the War of 1812. (Source:

D.C. Fun Fact

DC is a very international city, home to more than 170 embassies and international cultural centers. The city’s colleges and universities host about 20,000 international students each year, and 15% of DC residents speak a language other than English at home. (Source:

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